Cyrus imap fun

One of the zoo’s mail stores stopped working and i was the first to discover this. I had the hunt the new location for ctl_cyrusdb (my blog) since it regularly changes in the distro (my blog) and i was able to fix it and login to this unhappy mail store.

I have no idea how it broke since the logs are keeping mum on the subject but once every five years between commands seems acceptable.

A summary on bitcion

An old person set me off on this topic recently and having not the tech (my blog) or willingness to deal with fools while i think the blockchain technology is good, its full of shysters and crooks like Mark Karples and his ‘missing’ wallets.  I also accuse mt gox of slowing down bitcoin with flashboys like speculation into a hft platform that screams an admission you got to have a dedicated setup simply devoted to it rather than a normal person…

A good idea until the crooks and php software writers joined that party, my issues with gpu’s and weird compilation mean i have lost nothing as it is hardly universal running software.

While it seems ‘easy’* to make magic the gathering magic money, nobody here seems to accept it

I got an interesting spam email recently not so much saying what to buy, but what they penny stock pimper wanted you to buy before they dumped this unknown coin back.  No urls, just “advice” – advised spamcop that it was spam from mexico

I still cannot see a way to spend *coins for material items and with $60 costs to spend them (if your able to) it appears that as curreny its shit.

Suppose you buy a newspaper the daily bonobo** which costs £2 a day imported, and then you have to pay £30 to make the payment via magicmoney.

– so whatever variant of bitcoin it is a bubble.  After all if a penny stock pumper and dumper knows about it then clearly there is a problem

*buy gpu’s or else **rwandas premier newspaper

Governments not paying there pfi bills

Jimmy and Tony

Carillion is an outsourcer who is not being paid by governments and when the money stops people who profited both ways like Tony to your right mean we will all probably be paying twice while Comrade Blair laughs at you.

That is not to say that there are no problems with pfi’s the London Underground scheme collapsed, schools in scotland had blown over walls* and since most of the deals are commercial the details are very much kept between governments and the outsource firms who have old government chums like lord reid (left) who worked at g4s who fucked up the security for the london Olympics (my blog) and non delivered and is a chum of Tony Blair .

It appears or being told the saudis are not paying there bills but whether that is correct or not is a matter of trust after all when Tony and Reid have both sold and consumed the item perhaps its time that these pfi contracts have served them well and there failure is assured and as a long term means of doing stuff is not there problem any more.

*wolf and three pigs (my blog) had nothing to do with it – joke

The delirium brief,Charles Stross

citizen may the children’s entertainer

isbn:9780356508283 is another book from a series that kind of began here (my blog atrocity archives) so do not read this book if you have no idea who Cassie is (my blog)

However bananas is up to date and vaguely remembers who Cassie is along with the usual regulars. so if your still reading this well done.

Set in the usual places this is an interesting book and has a current political edge with talk of austerity and how lean should public services be.

With parallel’s to stuff going on i am not sure this will age well but i liked it

3/5 bananas long – for long term readers only.

 

 

Cinema hype & mumbling

instellarFirst off i saw intestellar on dvd compared to the cinema (my blog) the sound was better than in a cinema and that set off my ape brain about stuff. Better with subtitles but great music.

As you know i avoided star wars in the cinema (my blog) which seemed to be all ‘great’ but no negative views either.

So i rented it on dvd and saw it it, great set design, heavy on women and ethnic minorities, shit story and heavily edited to get a universal rating but the ‘sword’ fights where cartoonish and apart from three drops of red stuff the death was light even by disney’s standards i doubt if an more ‘gory’ cut will be released  .

The fascist scum got angry and the weapon seems to designed by the retarded after three attempts at building weapons being an idiot seems to be a requirement.

I suppose it was better than the Jar Jar films which cashed in and sold out, and most of the old cast seemed unwilling combatants but i am sure the pay was good.

Is this not a wisdom of crowds thing where everybody in the cinema had to like it – ‘conditioning’ anybody.

1/5 bananas

social justice warrior

social justice warrior

Another film i saw on dvd but a film industry gong producing machine some months ago  and something i know of the source material was again a disappointment.   Money tames… and i was reading that children’s film (i write this one summer) and a musician Andre Rieu (my blog)  has beaten both a film with women and ghosts, and that star trek film which i have not seen or am planning to.

That’s got to hurt somebodies ego.

the return of the webform bot

The zoo has a web form bot lookup from years and years ago to be honest i not sure it was working since it does not see any action until it caught some web bots trying to send us messages of no value which a script reports to me daily.

Not sure if they got past our captcha either.

It has been a while but i am glad i did not dump that feature.even with the settings we had.

Fixing systemd postfix failures via cron

Being when i write this it is winter i decided to reboot the zoos server and put in standard* more for the cooling fans, having done that (free room heat) i restarted and forget to check if postfix had started (my blog) .

Eventually i hand type the postmulti (my blog) command and it works. As reboots are rare this is not an everyday occurrence i can excuse the behaviour after all systemd wont tell me why it fails since its perfect so i must be to blame for going outside of ‘default’ systemd configuration..

So i decide to create an onboot script with cron and the @reboot command and that now starts postfix for me and does something that systemd cannot do

I imagine the idiots who develop systemd are most upset with me and will development a cron replacement that disables that feature.  If they do then i think my migration to a bsd variant will be guaranteed.

If your software sucks like systemd does then best do not blame us ‘users’ for stuff that other things can do.

*opposed to hurricane/typhoon speed which is good summer setting

fun with Content Security Policies

Is something your website can do and has included in the spectrum is hpkp (my blog) which is generally considered a nightmare and broken but other content security things are needed by some web things to work..

As kind of tls related i decided to make the zoo compatible with the more common csp’s unused here in the zoo. There are easy headers like hsts, x-frame*, set-cookie, xss and hard ones csp is hard.  I was missing a couple and thought why not.

However csp seems to allow stuff but is quite tricky to figure out the format which goes

<set header> default-src ‘self’ data: hostname; script-src * data: hostname style-src data: hostname

Chrome browser is helpful here for diagnosing stuff, although i never bothered to look at firefox’s tools.

I had to use a wildcard with our policy on the hostnane but things eventually worked.

hkpk remains something i wont touch with a bargepole for if Symantec can issue bad ev [the green ones] unauthorised then the danger becomes clear to all.

upgrading to gigabyte ethernet switches

example

The zoo nas installed gigabit switches ! after many years of being ‘capped’ to 100 mb on our internal network and perfectly fine since nobody has ever complained about it for stuff but as our existing switches are probably not energy efficient. these new ones I can power them with usb as well.

A fair bit of the zoo’s stuff could do gigabyte already and i cannot remember how old the existing switch equipment is.but it still looks new despite being ancient in it history.

So its probably time to change things.

The switch is smaller than our 100mb existing unit and the ethernet cables all plug in consequentially opposed to 1-x-1 spacing which i had to do with the other and plug in from the back which is nicer imho.

It consumes a third less power than the old switch unit, i could not power by usb as no spare usb slots where nearby and all being used.

It works and seems faster so appears to be a good idea.   I have labelled it with the year on it so whenever next i cannot remember when i bought it i know.

The old units looks as it did when it was new it seems a shame to think of it as junk.